After two model years, the Toyota Yaris iA is dead. In its stead comes the 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan. Like its Yaris iA forebear and the Scion iA that came before it, the Yaris sedan continues as a rebadged, fish-faced Mazda 2 (a model that’s no longer sold in the United States). Minor changes to the Yaris sedan’s mug relative to its Yaris iA antecedent include a new honeycomb-style grille and available LED headlights.
Of greater note, however, is the Yaris sedan’s embrace of trim levels. Whereas the Yaris iA followed the Scion format and was sold as a monospec model, the 2019 Yaris sedan will be available in base L, mid-grade LE, and top-of-the-line XLE trims. Entry-level L models carry over many of the standard features found in the Yaris iA, including a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, low-speed automated front emergency braking, cruise control, power mirrors and windows, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.
While the previous Yaris iA was a mono-spec affair, the 2019 Yaris Sedan will be available in L, LE and XLE trims. Standard equipment across the board includes a 7-inch infotainment display, backup camera, USB port and cruise control. A low-speed pre-collision system is also standard, which is cool for a car at this price. But if you want adaptive cruise control or blind-spot monitoring, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
The little sedan keeps most of its old look, with the exception of a new honeycomb insert in the grille and some piano black and chrome trim. LE and XLE trims get 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and power outside heated mirrors with LED turn signals. The fancy-pants XLE ups it just a bit with leatherette seats and genuine leather-wrapped wheel, LED headlights and automatic wipers.
There’s no word on whether Apple CarPlay will be included, as it was in the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback. But hey, we can hope.
Under the hood is the same engine as last year: A 1.5-liter I4 engine good for 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a six-speed automatic is available. There’s even a sport mode for what the company calls “improved torque feel,” whatever that means.
The 2019 Yaris hasn’t been certified by the EPA just yet, but I expect we’ll see the same fuel economy as last year. That means 35 miles per gallon combined for the automatic and 34 combined with the manual.
Moving up to the LE adds a proximity key with push-button start, fog lights, a trunk spoiler, and heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals. The loaded XLE turns things up a notch with rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, LED headlights, and faux-leather-trimmed seats as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift lever, and parking-brake handle.
Regardless of trim, every Yaris sedan is motivated by the same 106-hp 1.5-liter inline-four as before. The little engine mates to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.
The 2019 Toyota Yaris sedan goes on sale this fall. Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect the entry-level L model to wear a sticker price close to that of today’s $16,845 Yaris iA.